Since 1964, Japan will be hosting its second Olympics Games in 2020 with the existing venue revamped and replaced by a new arena. By including the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and 1998 in Nagano, the 2020 Olympics Games will be the fourth Game hosted by Japan. In total there are 34 venues allotted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in and around Tokyo. Most of the summer Olympics events will be held in Tokyo itself. The key venues start to take shape in Japan’s capital city along with the Olympics stadium. The Olympics stadium is under construction and as of now, 40 percent has been successfully completed.
Opening & Closing Ceremony Venue
The opening and the closing ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games will be at the New National Stadium, Tokyo which was demolished in 2012 and is reconstructed by expanding the capacity from 50,000 to a newer version of 80,000. Depending on the event the venues change and so eleven new venues are to be constructed as reported in 2016 September.
The venues as per the events are broadly classified into two namely; Heritage zone and Tokyo Bay zone. Seven venues for nine sports will be conducted in the Heritage zone (i.e.) the central business area of Tokyo which was formerly used for the 1964 Olympics. Thirteen other venues for fifteen sports will be hosted in the southeast of the Olympic village mostly on Ariake and Odaiba. For the other sixteen sports, twelve venues will be arranged at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Olympic Village.
|New National Stadium||Opening and closing ceremonies||60,102||Under construction|
|Football (women’s final 7 August)|
|Yoyogi National Gymnasium||Handball||13,291||Existing|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Table tennis||10,000||Existing|
|Tokyo International Forum||Weightlifting||5,012||Existing|
|Imperial Palace Garden||Athletics (marathon, race walk)||5,000 seated, unlimited standing room along route||Temporary|
|Musashinonomori Park||Road cycling (start road races)||Temporary|
|Kasai Rinkai Park||Canoeing (slalom)||8,000||Under construction|
|Oi Seaside Park||Field hockey||15,000||Under construction|
|Olympic Aquatics Centre||Aquatics (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming)||15,000||Under construction|
|Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center||Water polo||3,635||Existing|
|Yumenoshima Park||Archery||7,000||Under construction|
|Ariake Arena||Volleyball||15,000||Under construction|
|Olympic BMX Course||BMX cycling||6,000||Under construction|
|Olympic Gymnastic Centre||Gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic, trampoline)||12,000||Temporary|
|Ariake Coliseum||Tennis||20,000 (10,000 centre court; 5,000 court 1, 3,000 court 2, 8×250 match courts)||Existing, Renovated|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Triathlon||5,000 seated, unlimited standing room along route||Existing with temporary stands|
|Aquatics (marathon swimming)|
|Shiokaze Park||Beach volleyball||12,000||Temporary|
|Central Breakwater||Equestrian (eventing)||20,000||Existing with temporary infrastructure|
|Aomi Urban Sports Venue||3×3 basketball||5,000||Temporary|
|Camp Asaka||Shooting||Existing, renovated|
|Musashino Forest Sports Plaza||Modern pentathlon (fencing)||10,000||Ready, built for the games|
|Modern pentathlon (excluding fencing)|
|Saitama Super Arena||Basketball||22,000||Existing|
|Enoshima||Sailing||10,000||Existing with temporary stands|
|Makuhari Messe||Fencing||6,000||Existing with temporary stands|
|Baji Koen||Equestrian (dressage, jumping)||Existing with temporary stands|
|Kasumigaseki Country Club||Golf||30,000||Existing with temporary stands|
|Izu Velodrome||Track cycling||5,000||Existing, expanded|
|Izu Mountain Bike Course||Mountain biking|
|Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium||Baseball (opening match)||30,000||Existing, renovated|
|Softball (opening match)|
|Fuji International Speedway||Road cycling|
(finish road races and time trial)
The initial rounds of football, (i.e.) the Men and Women preliminary rounds, quarterfinals and semifinals will be conducted at the Nissan stadium (Yokohama). A total of 10 matches will be held, moving forward to the Saitama stadium with the same rounds at an advanced level including the 3rd place battle making up to 11 matches. The finals in both the categories will be contested in the newly rebuild National stadium, Tokyo.
|International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||70,000||(M/W preliminaries, women’s quarterfinal and semifinal, men’s quarterfinal and final, 10 matches)|
|Saitama Stadium, Saitama||62,000||(M/W preliminaries and quarterfinal, semifinal and 3rd place, 11 matches)|
|Miyagi Stadium, Sendai||48,000||(M/W preliminaries and quarterfinal, 10 matches)|
|Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo||49,000||(M/W opening round of preliminaries only, 4 matches)|
|Kashima Soccer Stadium, Ibaraki||42,000||(M/W preliminaries and M/W quarterfinal, semifinal, women’s 3rd place, 10 matches)|
|Sapporo Dome, Sapporo||42,000||(M/W preliminaries, 10 matches)|
|National Stadium, Tokyo||60,000||(women’s final only, FIFA could want to move this match to the same venue than men’s final in Yokohama)|
The International Olympics Committee executive board approved the official programme list of 2020 Summer Olympics on 9th June 2017. The ultimate goal of the Tokyo Games according to the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, is to make them “more youthful, more urban” and to “include more women”. Apart from the already existing 28 sports, 5 more events will be added in the 2020 Olympics by the host of the events, Tokyo.
2020 Summer Olympics Sports
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has permitted Tokyo, the host of 2020 Olympics to add five new sports to the already existing 28 sports of the Olympics Games. Skateboarding, Sports climbing, Surfing, Karate, and Baseball/Softball are the newly added sports. Check out the complete Summer Olympics Sports list.
As a whole 339 events in 33 different sports will be featured, encompassing 50 disciplines. With the five new sports included in Tokyo, there will be fifteen new events within the existing sports which include freestyle BMX, Madison cycling, 3-on-3 basketball, and new mixed events various sports.